Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Malaysia extends nationwide movement restrictions through April 28 due to COVID-19. Other measures remain in place.

This alert affects Malaysia

This alert began 11 Apr 2020 01:32 GMT and is scheduled to expire 28 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions, entry bans, quarantine measures

Summary
Authorities in Malaysia have extended the nationwide movement control order through at least April 28. The measure suspends most interstate travel within the country. Individuals wishing to travel between states need to obtain travel permits from district police headquarters. The order also bans all public gatherings, and closes nonessential businesses and schools, while convenience stores, grocery shops, petrol stations, restaurants, and supermarkets can only operate 0800-2000 daily.

Officials are quarantining all inbound passengers at government facilities for 14 days as of April 7 to stem the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Malaysian citizens working in Singapore will be exempt from the requirement, provided that they pass medical screening before entry. Authorities have also suspended KLIA Ekspres and KLIA Transit rail services, which connect the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL) to downtown Kuala Lumpur, from April 4 through the end of the movement control order.

Authorities have previously implemented enhanced movement control orders at Kuala Lumpur's Menara City One building and seven villages in Selangor State's Hulu Langat District through April 13; the order bars residents from leaving the area or the building and bans entry for non-residents.

Travel Restrictions

The movement control order halts international travel. Foreigners will not be able to enter Malaysia; the measure exempts resident diplomats, foreign spouses and dependents of Malaysian citizens, and long-term visa holders working in essential industries who can present a letter from their employer upon entering Malaysia. Authorities have banned Malaysian nationals from traveling abroad while the restrictions are in place; the ban on outbound foreign travel also applies to Malaysian citizens who commute to Singapore for employment.

Authorities could expand or announce further extensions to movement controls and other restrictions in the coming weeks, particularly if COVID-19 activity increases in-country.

Advice
Follow all official health and safety measures. Ensure contingency plans account for additional disruptive measures or further extensions of current restrictions. Postpone travel if affected by travel restrictions. Confirm flight status before checking out of accommodation and departing for the airport. Follow all official instructions, particularly if traveling from affected locations. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings at all ports of entry. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

Resources
World Health Organisation (WHO): www.who.int

Prime Minister's Office: www.pmo.gov.my